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Uplands Equestrian Centre

“The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit and freedom.”

– Sharon Ralls Lemon

At Uplands, we value the deep connection that exists with horses and are proud to offer our young riders the unique opportunity of riding and stabling on campus. Group, private and semi-private lessons are available with qualified instructors.

Bring your horse to school, alternatively, ride or lease one of our school horses.

Our competitive stabling fees and riding lessons position us as one of the leading Equestrian Centres in the province.

Although we participate competitively, we love welcoming riders who simply wish to learn how to ride, enjoy outside from time to time, or just enjoy being in the presence of these magical animals.

Uplands provides quality training for beginners, intermediate and advanced riders who wish to develop their skills in show jumping, dressage, equitation, and eventing.

Uplands Equestrian Centre Facilities

  • Main Barn with 18 well-ventilated brick stables.
  • 7 stand-alone brick stables with their own feed and tack room.
  • 22 wooden show stables.
  • 40m x 65m river sand show jumping arena
  • 40m x 40m river sand warm-up arena
  • 60m x 20m river sand dressage arena
  • 1 x lunge ring
  • 10 x large herd grazing paddocks
  • Small individual paddocks
  • Centrally located clubhouse
  • Undercover medical/wash bay.
  • Priority horsebox parking
  • 24-hour security
  • Grooms live on site.
  • Outrides on school grounds as well as surrounding macadamia/avocado farmlands.

Livery Yard – Bring your horse to school.

  • Uplands pupils receive preferential rates with priority stabling in the main barn.
  • Knowledgeable team of managers and grooms.
  • No more than six horses per groom.
  • Daily grooming and overall health checks, tick/fly prevention repellent, paddock eragrostis supplemented, daily top-up of shavings and sawdust, tacking services during the week, twice daily temperature checks.
  • Horses receive three meals per day. Clients are billed additionally for concentrates and stable eragrostis. Evening checks with water and grass top-ups.
  • Horses graze in herd or individual paddocks from 09:00 to 14:30 daily.
  • Additional services such as lungeing, show preparation, tack cleaning etc are available upon request.
  • UEC offers regular rider development clinics with master coaches and hosts several graded/training shows per year.
  • UEC encourages participation in SANESA schools league events.
  • Clients are signed up to a health plan with Lowveld Vets. Includes all necessary vaccinations, bi-annual health checks, worm egg counts and discounted consultation rates with our in-house veterinarian.

Uplands Equestrian Centre Riding School

  • UEC offers riding lessons to Uplands pupils as well as non-Uplands pupils from the ages of five upwards.
  • Semi-private and group lessons available for riding school pupils with qualified instructors.
  • Riding lessons are taught in a safe and fun environment.
  • Coaches offer lessons in most English disciplines, dressage, showjumping, equitation, showing as well as eventing, vaulting and horsemanship.
  • Instructors are able to teach from beginner to advanced/competitive level.
  • Grassroots “boots and bits” programme to introduce young riders to the world of horses, horsemanship and basics of riding. (15-minute programme).
  • Weekend Horsing About Club – pony rides, speciality clinics, photoshoots and fun days.
  • Holiday Pony Camps.
  • Rider Development Clinics and Riding School Development Shows.

Meet Our Horses

  • Black Nike
  • Nugget
  • Secret Garden
  • Forest King
  • Chestnut Charlie
  • Monarch
  • Leja
  • Jacob

Meet The Team

  • Uplands Equestrian Centre Manager – Carla Gerdes-Steward
  • UEC Assistant Manager – Celia Sutton
  • UEC Yard Assistant
  • Our Grooms – Nation Ndou, Nkosinathi Malele, Sandile Sambo, Roli Mashele, Alpha Lubisi, Presly Matshaba
  • Our Coaches – Sam Parsons, Tracey Lee Hearne, Shan Paton, Carla Gerdes-Steward.

Contact Details

Carla | +27 (0)72 585 6026
Celia | +27 (0)76 413 8190